The StrC project on display

The ongoing StrC project initiated by Dr. Carlos Fiorentino is being displayed at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus for two months (January 30 to March 27). The exhibition was prepared by Dr. Carlos Fiorentino and Dr. Tomislav Terzin, and co-organized with Augustana Library. “Living colours” proposes a journey through structural colour to the visitors of the library. The installation offers hundreds of colourful specimens from Dr. Terzin’s entomology collection, as well as a microscope station to explore structural colours in detail, a selection of related books on the subject, and access to the StrC interface online–a taxonomic database that collects structural colour cases and scientific information intended to connect science and design innovation.

Biomimicry Lecture Series, Calgary 2020

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January 31, 2020
Doors at 5:30 pm, Presentations start at 6:00 pm 

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Join us for the second presentation of the Biomimicry Lecture Series at the Calgary Central Library, Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall.

Be inspired by stories about bees, barnacles and more, and learn how strategies used by these organisms are inspiring new technology and design solutions. Organized in partnership with the Calgary Library, Village Ice Cream, and BUILDEX Alberta. 

  • Moderator and Introduction: Jorge Zapote 
    University of Calgary | HBI · Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Mindi Summers – From bees to barnacles: design inspired by Alberta native bees and West Coast marine invertebrates
    Dr. Mindi Summers is an invertebrate zoologist and biology education researcher at the University of Calgary.
  • Dr. John BertramFinding bioinspiration: From dino teeth to new age ceramics
    Dr. Bertram’s research involves biomechanical analysis integrating tissue, structure and systems levels. His current main focus is on determining the factors that affect movement patterns in locomotion.
  • Kai Costantini – Title TBD
    Kai works as a Strategic Business Consultant, partnering with regenerative and well-adapted tech ventures and other initiatives.
 

“Waste” by Nature available in RCA proceedings

https://conference.recycle.ab.ca/wp-content/uploads//2019/10/CarlosFiorentino.pdf

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The Nature Exchange: a new gallery and experimental space to learn from nature.

The Nature Exchange is a new gallery at the Telus World of Science Edmonton where you can trade, analyze, discuss, interpret and catalogue natural items. The Nature Exchange gallery is a truly diverse experience, with an Animal Zone and the Field Station to discover. You can meet George and Badger, the sugar gliders; or Alphie, the corn snake, or Shelob the tarantula, or Iggy the bearded dragon! Participate in unique exhibits like identifying different trace evidence left behind by animals, or studying photographs taken at various Alberta Camera Traps. You can even use microscopes to study real samples, like compare carnivore teeth vs. herbivore teeth. Biomimicry Alberta’s core member Carlos Fiorentino was selected as one of the “Spotlight Scientists,” and samples of structural colour will be included in the gallery.

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